Speaking the Youth: Writing Teenage Series
Meredith Burkholder is the founder and CEO of Webfest Berlin, the first international short form series festival in Germany. She is co-author of, "Short, Narrative and Serialized: A Complete Guide to the Web Series Phenomenon" (2019). She is a regular speaker and moderator at TV series events around the world and consults on short form series development, production, and sales. The sixth edition of Webfest Berlin will take place on Dec 4-5, 2020.
Julia Penner is a Berlin-based screenwriter, who previously worked as a theatre-trained actress. In 2014, she founded the writers collective Schreibkollektiv Q3 together with six other screenwriters. She is head writer of the successful Web/TV series DRUCK (seasons three and four) about teenagers in Berlin. She is currently working on the next season. Her feature MY BEST FRIEND VOLKER about a drag queen in the suburbs, will be shot this summer for NDR.
Ronja Salmi is an author, journalist and the CEO of Ryöväri, a company specializing in social media storytelling. They launched the world’s first Instagram Stories drama series, KARMA, and Finland’s first chat-fiction series, GIRLSQUAD. She hosts her own TV show WHAT’S UP, RONJA SALMI? where she works together with her Instagram community. Since 2018, she has been the programme head for the Helsinki Book Fair, the biggest literature event in the Nordics.
Sandra Stöckmann is a Berlin-based screenwriter. In 2014, she founded the writers collective Schreibkollektiv Q3 together with six other screenwriters. She is head writer of the Grimme-nominated Web/TV series DRUCK (season four) about teenagers in Berlin and is working on the next season. In 2019, she screened her docufiction STUNDEN DER ENTSCHEIDUNG about Angela Merkel and the refugee crisis.